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Unexpected race tyre pace pleases Edwards

Unexpected race tyre pace pleases Edwards

One of the standout riders at last weeks Sepang test, Tech 3 Yamaha rider Colin Edwards lap times were made all the more impressive on the final day in Malaysia when it was revealed that his 201.179 best was undertaken on race tyres instead of qualifiers.

One of the standout riders at last weeks Sepang test, Tech 3 Yamaha rider Colin Edwards lap times were made all the more impressive on the final day in Malaysia when it was revealed that his 201.179 best was undertaken on race tyres instead of qualifiers.

The American has been enjoying an early move in the right direction after starting from scratch with last years M1; throwing out all the settings from his factory days at his first test in Malaysia last year for a fresh approach with the satellite team. Despite an immediate improvement, even Edwards himself was surprised with the most recent ride at Sepang.

The first day here I think that we can forget aboutthe second day was good and the third even better, said the Texas Tornado after finishing fifth on the timesheets.

We worked a lot with Michelin; we always seem to be backing up data/backing up info, continued the long-time associate of the French tyre manufacturer.

To get low 201 laps on a race tyre I wouldnt have said was possible a week ago.

Many riders were nursing injuries upon their return, whilst some were merely getting reacquainted with the rigors of 800cc riding. Although a seasoned veteran of Winter breaks and testing calendars, Edwards was still feeling a little tender after getting back in the saddle.

Im getting old! Its been six weeks off and Im not 21 anymore, explained the veteran, one of a series of riders to hit the asphalt on day one in Sepang. You get a bit soft in the hands and ache everywhere. Getting tossed on the ground on the first day didnt help matters.

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MotoGP, 2008, Colin Edwards

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